Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 12th Apr 2011 22:27 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless The long-rumoured Symbian update, called Anna, has finally been made official by Nokia today, bringing with it a new browser, new icons, an on-screen portrait qwerty keyboard, and more. The Finnish Windows Phone OEM (sorry) also launched two new Symbian phones today.
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RE[5]: on display until..
by _Nine_ on Wed 13th Apr 2011 16:47 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: on display until.."
_Nine_
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2010-10-13

I agree. People thought that Android's "opennness" and OEM ecosystem would result in more device diversity. Instead, all we see is a new black-slab, all-touchscreen phone every other week with the only difference being the iterative improvements you mentioned. While it's nice to see new devices to some extent, I actually think it waters down the platform as a whole. With iPhones and Blackberries (to a slightly lesser extent), at least you know that if you buy a phone today, it will be a relevant model for at least several months, if not longer.

I don't think the market has necessarily chosen... I just think the OEMs assume that iPhone look-alikes are what most people want, and while that might have been the case 3 years ago, I think some of the iPhone lust has settled down, and people realized the need for different form-factors catering to different needs, such as physical keyboards, long battery life, etc. However, we're limited in the options to choose from just like before the iPhone.

I actually was happy to hear about MS/Nokia deal as it I think it might help lift WP7 out of the "me-too" land that Android phones seem to be in.

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RE[6]: on display until..
by vodoomoth on Thu 14th Apr 2011 11:33 in reply to "RE[5]: on display until.."
vodoomoth Member since:
2010-03-30

I don't think the market has necessarily chosen... I just think the OEMs assume that iPhone look-alikes are what most people want

Exactly what I've noticed in the browser world with other browsers copying Chrome (which I don't use).

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